PlantsEpiphyllum→Hooker's Orchid Cactus (Epiphyllum hookeri)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10b +1.7 °C (35 °F) to +4.4 °C (40 °F)
Plant Height: To 4 feet and up
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Leafless
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Cure stem segment until callused (10+ days). After potting, withhold water for two weeks.
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Epiphytic

2 blooms on September 30, 2015.

Posted by gingin (Fountain, Florida - Zone 8b) on Jun 8, 2013 2:04 PM

I live in the Florida panhandle. We do get hard freezes in winter. Last year a leaf/branch was broken off the mother plant. I stuck it in the ground and left it over the winter. Although the part above ground died, I was very happy in spring to see that it had come back from the roots.

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Oct 9, 2011 7:27 AM

Synonyms: Epiphyllum Strictum, Cereus Hookeri, Phyllocactus Hookeri, Epiphyllum Phyllanthus

Epiphyllum hookeri is a climbing cactus that can reach heights of six feet or more. This plant prefers a bright shady location and well draining soil. Bloom time is usually in the summer months. After the buds begin forming, they slowly swell and turn upward. On my plant, the flowers usually begin to slowly open in late evening and are fully opened by around 10:30 - 11:00 p.m. I've read that the flowers are fragrant but I have never detected a scent when my plant is in bloom.

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Posted by gingin (Fountain, Florida - Zone 8b) on Dec 4, 2011 2:03 PM

My plant tends to grow like a "wild child" and looks rather homely. Its arms/leaves can be either flat or triangle shaped. It grows "air" roots and seems to do best when pot bound. When you see white showing on the bud, it most likely will bloom that night. The blooms are delecate looking and, to my nose, smell like clove. Most definitely worth getting up in the middle of the night to see and smell.

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